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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Jul 31, 2011 6:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Apple has more cash than the U.S. Postal Service

Monte, this is right up my alley. I have work in rural delivery for 18 years with the USPS. I have served as a local union steward, state delegate, and twice as a national delegate. The problem is not the Postal Service being able to be self-sufficient while keeping all these smaller offices open (it's not just rural either- we just got a new Postmaster who was excessed from Brentwood, MD- a city office, when it was shuttered), it is the forced overpayment of funding our retirees to the tune of $55-75 billion. The USPS Office of the Inspector General has estimated it at $75B, the Segal Corp did an independent audit and foud the number closer to $55B. Either way, if the USPS could stop putting any more money into the fund, there would be enough cash there to pay our retirees for over 20 years.

We could then keep offices open, and continue 6 day delivery.

Contact your congressman and ask him or her to support this bill:

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:h.r.01351:

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Jul 31, 2011 7:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Apple has more cash than the U.S. Postal Service

Thank you for your comments. Please let me link to an interesting conversation that goes something like this...

US Debt Showdown is "Political Theater"

"For 50 years, it has been unacceptable politically in the United States to ask what is basically a straightforward question. We have a particular economic system. It’s called capitalism. We have every right as a society to ask of that system, is it working? Is it working for us? Do the benefits and the costs balance themselves out in a way that says we want to keep the system, or that says we want to change the system, or that says we ought to look for an alternative system? We’ve been afraid to ask that question. We’ve been afraid to have public debates. That’s the legacy of the Cold War. We can’t afford anymore to not do that. We have to raise the question." -- Richard Wolff, July 28, 2011